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Steph Herzog, Matthew Garside Win 2016 Minnesota Junior PGA Championship

July 14, 2016

Steph Herzog of Red Wing, MN and Matthew Garside of Vadnais Heights, MN won the 2016 Minnesota Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, MN.

By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Garside and Herzog qualified for the 41st Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, Aug. 9-12 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island.

MN JR PGA CHAMP-STEPH HERZOG

Herzog, a member of the Girls’ Golf team at Red Wing HS, celebrates her win close to her hometown of Red Wing.

Herzog, 17, had a final-round 5-over 76 for a two-day total of 7-over 149 and a six-stroke victory over Sophia Yeomans, also of Red Wing.

“I wanted to keep it in the fairway and stay as consistent as I was yesterday,” said Herzog who entered the final day with a six shot lead. “The last thing I wanted to do was to get ahead of myself. I knew if I could keep the ball in play, I had a fairly lenient lead.”

Herzog, a member of the Red Wing High School Girls’ Golf team, fell short last year but would not be denied this time around.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet that I will be playing at the national tournament in Rhode Island,” Herzog said with a smile. “It is always fun winning a tournament, and I have never been to a national tournament; so I’m very excited.”

MN JR PGA CHAMP-MATTHEW GARSIDE

Garside, as only a 15-year-old, holds the trophy this year after falling short in 2015.

Garside, 15, posted a final-round 3-over 74 for a two-day total of 1-over 143, but that was not enough. He finished the day in a three-way tie for first with Connor Glynn of Waconia, MN and William Lonnquist of Edina, MN, after 36 holes. On the first playoff hole, Garside nailed his 5-foot par putt while the two others missed their short par putts; making Garside the champion.

“I started off the round with a 3-putt, which was kind of a sour start,” Garside said. “But I finished really well; I had birdies on the 16th and 17th.”

Garside saw his title hopes dwindle after an errand tee shot on the par-4, 14th caused him to re-tee and ultimately led to a double-bogey. “After that [double-bogey on the 14th], I just tried to keep myself calm,” Garside emphasized.

Safe to say he was able to keep his composure by making two, lengthy birdie putts on the 16th and 17th to finish 2-under on his last three holes to force a playoff he would win with a clutch par.

“This was completely unexpected, I haven’t really though it through,” Garside said referring to qualifying for the national tournament. “I’m just excited to compete on the national stage,” he added.

The 41st Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, champions of the eight PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship.

The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals, as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers on tour include: Inbee Park, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Spieth, Lexi Thompson, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association
The mission of the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association is to provide playing opportunities for the advanced, intermediate and beginning golfer, ages 8-19. These playing opportunities will promote competition and camaraderie. The Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association is sponsored by the Minnesota Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, Inc., a non-profit corporation chartered in the state of Minnesota.

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